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(an amalgamation of Open Access Publications and worldwide international science conferences and events):
Open Access Journals Impact Factors. See especially:
! Geology & Earth Science Journals.
! Plant Sciences Journals.
Hochschulbibliothek RWTH Aachen, Germany: Open Access: Die neue Art zu publizieren (in German).
Acta Palaeobotanica (now an open access journal) is an international journal
publishing original palaeobotanical, palaeoecological,
palaeophytogeographical and palynological papers, comprehensive review and
discussion articles and
Navigation from here.
The American Geological Institute (AGI): The GeoRef database, Open-Access Journals covered in GeoRef. Excellent!
Kristin Antelman (2004): Do Open-Access Articles Have a Greater Research Impact? PDF file, College & Research Libraries, 65: 372-382.
Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions
have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is
developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature
of biodiversity held in their respective collections.
For the first time in history, the core of our natural history and herbaria library
collections will be available to a truly global audience. Browse by titles, authors,
subjects, names, map, or year.
Go to: Plants. Currently mor then 1500 titles tagged with "Plants". Superbly done!
Comment: Using "View text" is much quicker (for a first glance) then "View image".
BioMed Central. Publisher of 199 peer-reviewed open access journals.
! B.-C. Björk et al. (2009): Open Access to the Scientific Journal Literature: Situation 2009. PDF file, PLoS ONE 5. See also here.
! D. Butler (2013): The dark side of publishing. In PDF, Nature.
Ewen Callaway (2011):
data enter the web period.
Palaeontologists call for more sharing of raw information.
Can be accessed through the internet wayback archive.
! Miguel Chavez: The Unofficial Stephen Jay Gould Archive. Access to many articles and books, e.g. via Library, and Books. Excellent!
Climate of the Past. An interactive open access journal of the European Geosciences Union. Navigate from Volumes and Issues or Title and Author Search.
Iain D. Craig et al. (2007): Do Open Access Articles Have Greater Citation Impact? A critical review of the literature. PDF file, Journal of Informetrics. See also here, or there (abstract).
DigiZeitschriften, Göttingen. The German digital journal archive, with costs. Some journals are free of charge, go to: Open Access.
The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is a service of OAPEN Foundation,
an international initiative dedicated to Open Access monograph publishing, based at the National Library in The Hague.
Go to: Browse by subject. The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books.
! Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). The Directory of Open Access Journals is a service that indexes and provides access to quality, peer reviewed Open Access research journals, periodicals and their articles' metadata.
! e-journals.org (part of World-Wide Web Virtual Library): Electronic Sites of Botany, Plant Biology and Plant Science Journals.
EUROPA, the portal site of the European Union: The European Commission's Open Access Pilot for Research Articles: Frequently Asked Questions.
! Yassine Gargouri et al. (2010): Self-Selected or Mandated, Open Access Increases Citation Impact for Higher Quality Research. PDF file, PLOS ONE.
das traditionelle Publikationssystem der Wissenschaft ins Wanken? In German.
Open Access Petition an den Deutschen Bundestag.
Websites outdated. The link is to versions archived by the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
! Geoscience e-Journals, the portal. This website incorporate peer-reviewed electronic journals in the field of Earth Sciences (geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, regional geology, stratigraphy, geography, etc.) permitting free online access to all or at least a major part of their current issue and/or archives. Excellent!
The Global Open Access Portal (GOAP),
funded by the Governments of Colombia, Denmark, Norway, and the United States Department of State.
GOAP presents a current snapshot of the status of Open Access (OA) to scientific information in 158 countries worldwide.
See especially: Access by region.
When grades aren't enough: how to sell your academic brilliance (by Charlotte Jones, 2017).
Researchers: it's time to ditch the PDF (by Ijad Madisch, 2015).
Stevan Harnad and Tim Brody (2004):
the Impact of Open Access (OA) vs. Non-OA Articles in the Same Journals.
Now recovered from the Internet Archive´s Wayback Machine.
Ulrich Herb, Saarland University and State Library: Open Access - A Panacea? Science, Society, Democracy, Digital Divide.
J. Howard (2008): U. of California Tries Just Saying No to Rising Journal Costs. The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Journal of Evolutionary Biology Research (JEBR). This is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed open access journal, published monthly by Academic Journals. JEBR is dedicated to increasing the depth of evolutionary biology research across disciplines with the ultimate aim of improving evolutionary research.
A.R. Kelly and M.K. Autry (2013): Access, accommodation, and science: Knowledge in an "open" world.
! W.J. Kress and L. Penev (2011): Innovative electronic publication in plant systematics: PhytoKeys and the changes to the "Botanical Code" accepted at the XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne. In PDF, PhytoKeys, 6: 1-4.
Florian Mann et al. (2008): Open Access Publishing in Science: Why It Is Highly Appreciated But Rarely Used. PDF file.
The Max Planck Society (2003):
The Max Planck Society is a co-founder of the international Open Access movement:
! Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities. Open access means that scientific literature should be publicly available, free of charge on the internet so that those who are interested can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, refer to and, in any other conceivable legal way, use full texts without encountering any financial, legal or technical barriers other than those associated with Internet access itself.
D. Morse et al, (2009): Improving search in scanned documents: Looking for OCR mismatches. In PDF.
The New York Times:
A Facebook-Style Shift in How Science Is Shared (by Mark Scott, 2017).
Cracking Open the Scientific Process (by Thomas Linn, 2012).
Open Access (OA),
developed collaboratively by the Freie Universität Berlin and the Universities of Goettingen, Konstanz, and Bielefeld.
The information platform open-access.net satisfies the growing need for information on open access (OA) by gathering and bundling this information and processing it for various target groups and scenarios. Open access means free and unrestricted online access to scientific and scholarly information. Excellent!
Go to: OA in individual disciplines,
Open Access Directory.
The Open Access Directory (OAD) is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access (OA) to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. OAD is a wiki.
Open Access Library (OALib). OALib consists of the Search Engine of Open Access papers, the Journal with OALib Articles and the Index with metadata entries of external OA journal articles.
! Public Library of Science (PLoS). "Open access means immediate, free and unrestricted online access to digital scholarly material, primarily peer-reviewed research articles in scholarly journals" (Wikipedia).
! The University Library of Regensburg, Germany: Electronic Journals Library, Geosciences. A comprehensive list of journals. Excellent!
RERO DOC (this is the digital library of RERO, the Library Network of Western Switzerland). RERO DOC has been created to promote, preserve and provide public access to the scholarly literature (electronic theses, dissertations and e-prints). In the framework of the Open Access initiative it provides a platform for researchers in member universities to self-archive their publications.
W.R. Riedel et al. (2006): Moving Fingers: Coming of Age: ISI & Googling. In PDF, Palaeontologia Electronica, 9.
Science Books Online.
Science Books Online lists free science e-books, textbooks, lecture notes, monographs, and other science related documents. All texts are available for free reading online, or for downloading in various formats.
C. Shen and B.C. Björk (2015): "Predatory" open access: a longitudinal study of article volumes and market characteristics. BMC Medicine, 13: 230.
Spencer Public Library:
! Peter Suber:
Open Access Overview.
Focusing on open access to peer-reviewed research articles and their preprints.
An introduction to open access (OA) for those who are new to the concept. See as well:
Open Access News. News from the open access movement.
A. Swan and S. Brown (2004): Authors and open access publishing. In PDF, Learned Publishing, 17: 219–224.
! R. Van Noorden (2013): The true cost of science publishing. In PDF, Nature.
! Vifabio, The Virtual Library of Biology (University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg, Frankfurt/Main, Germany): Electronic Journals.
! M. Voigt (C. Hauschke) (2016), Biblioblog der Hochschule Hannover: Artikel bei ResearchGate und Co hochladen: Welcher Verlag erlaubt was? Und wie Open Access ist das eigentlich? In German.
! R. Walker and P.R. da Silva (2015): The silent revolution in peer review. Frontiers Blog (Frontiers Communications in Open Science News).
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
! Open access.
Open Access (in German).
A. Willis et al.(2009): Improving search in scanned documents: Looking for OCR mismatches PDF file). In: Workshop on Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries 2009: ICSD - International Conference for Digital Libraries and the Semantic Web, Trento, Italy.
Zeitschriftendatenbank ZDB (Staatsbibliothek Berlin and Deutsche Nationalbibliothek): Online-Zeitschriften nach Fachgebieten. A link directory about online journals free of charge (in German).
the former "Mitteilungen der Bayerischen Staatssammlung
für Paläontologie und historische Geologie".
The journal series Zitteliana A and B are published by the
Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology, Munich.
Open online access to all published volumes.
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